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Jamie tells Murtagh there will be no duel which isn't okay with Murtagh at all. Meanwhile, Claire works at the Hospital with Mr. Forez who warns her about the Kings wrath and the possibility of Raymond being taken as a heretic. Claire rushes off to warn Master Raymond who tells her he will leave the city though she shouldn't be seen with him.
Later, Jamie tells Claire he's saved her life as many times as she's saved his and they are even. He's decided to take up her terms because he wants Frank alive too. Jamie wants there to be a place for her and their child if he should die at Culloden. Jamie makes Claire promise to go back to Frank should he not be there for her. Claire comes up with the plan to make the shipment of wine look as though the crew has had a smallpox outbreak.
[Read More...]Later; Jamie, Claire, Murtagh and Fergus are dosing Jamie with their plan in hopes of making it seem like he's got smallpox. The idea is to poison the crew of St. Germain's ship to make it seem his ship is undergoing an outbreak. Murtagh isn't impressed and walks off angry. Jamie tells Claire it is time to tell Murtagh the truth and goes out into the courtyard to find his godfather. Once Jamie is finished Murtagh looks stunned and then hits Jamie for not telling him or trusting him with the knowledge sooner.
After a bit of recovery, Jamie and Fergus go off to Le Havre to point St. Germain's crew while Murtagh and Claire talk about her knowledge of the future. Claire makes it clear she doesn't know when they specifically will die or what will happen to them but she does know the Rising will fail. Murtagh doesn't think it would be easy to be burdened with such knowledge.
In Le Havre, Jamie and Fergus succeed in poisoning the crew and then quickly make they're way home.
Later, Jamie goes to Maison Elise where Charles is distraught over the ill luck while the Comte is suspicious. Charles insists Jamie go to Le Havre and retrieve the merchandise and bring it to his own warehouses so they can sell it and not lose their fortunes. Jamie is will to finish off what he started but a wrench is thrown into that plan when the Comte insists on accompanying him.
Jamie returns home and a new plan is formed. Jamie and St. Germain will escort the wine back to Paris and Murtagh will gather some thugs to help him steal the merchandise from Jamie and the Comte. Jamie and Claire have a farewell night together before the men are off on their schemes.
Claire spends some time with Louise and friends only to become annoyed when they don't seem to care about the poor in Paris. Claire goes to the Hospital but is clearly in pain. Mother Hildegarde insists she rests and spends the night there where Mother can keep an eye on things. When Claire lies down, Mother notices she's been bleeding but says it is normal.
On the road, St. Germain and Jamie are ambushed and Murtagh is about to shoot St. Germain when Jamie pushes the Comte out of his way and then wrestle with Murtagh who gets the upper hand and knocks Jamie out. The Comte is dragged away but so is the wine.
St. Germain suspects Jamie of revealing their plans while Jamie is angered, it is Charles who tells them not to fight amongst themselves. Charles is ruined and now owes money to the bank. Jamie returns home to be told by Fergus of Claire's stay at Hospital. She needed to rest and not be out walking home in the dark, something Fergus approved. Jamie tries to set down and eat but is again summoned to Maison Elise where Charles is refusing to pay his bill, likely because he has no money.
At Maison Elise, Jamie goes to take care of Charles's bill but wants Fergus to wait by the entrance for him. Fergus doesn't listen and goes off in search of pick-able pockets. He finds himself in one of the rooms and goes through things palming a vial of something. Someone enters behind Fergus trapping him inside.
Back at the house, Claire returns in pain and wondering about Jamie's whereabouts. Magnus and Suzette are tight lipped and then Suzette confesses the rumor of Jamie coming to blows with an English officer at Maison Elise. Claire is terrified and has Magnus take her to Bois de Boulogne where this duel is taking place.
At Bois de Boulogne, Claire find Randall and Jamie clashing with swords and she's horrified to realize that not matter the outcome one of her men will die. As Claire watches, her pain level increases until blood gushes between her legs. Jamie stabs Randall in the groin while Claire collapses and the gens d’armes arrive arresting all involved. Before Claire loses consciousness she tells Magnus to take her to Mother Hildegarde at the Hospital.
How many kilts would you give Best Laid Schemes?
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Jamie returns home from the bastille to find Claire waiting up for him with Fergus who just passed out. After carrying Fergus to bed Jamie tells Claire how Duverney got them all out except Alex Randall who has been dismissed from Sandringham's service and is being held for the rape of Mary. Jamie asks for details about their attack and when Claire tells him they mistook her for someone named La Dame Blanche. Jamie is shocked and tells Claire he spread the rumor to stop Charles from tossing whores at him.
Murtagh is distraught about failing to protect Claire and Mary and Jamie charges him with finding those responsible and Murtagh plans to lay vengeance at Jamie's feet.
[Read More...]Claire checks on Mary, reassuring her the rape wasn't her fault and she doesn't think she'll have a baby. Mary asks that Claire deliver a letter to the bastille which will exonerate Alex of her attack. Claire briefly considering burning the letter but does the right thing in the end.
Charles stops by Jamie's work to inform him that his mysterious financial backers have pulled out of the whole rebellion thing but he's got a beat on 10,000 pounds sterling by going into business with St. Germain. Jamie's not keen on this and less so when Charles tell him he'll actually be the one dealing with St. German.
After helping Alex gain his freedom, Claire convinces him a life with him wouldn't be good for Mary. Alex is so in love he actually believes breaking Mary's heart is the solution. Claire feels bad but she wants to ensure Frank's existence.
Jamie goes to the royal stud farm with Sandringham while Claire and Annalise take a stroll through the gardens. Sandringham is surprised Jamie has thrown in with Charles who he's not impressed with but Jamie isn't giving up much. Meanwhile, Annalise and Claire are discussing Jamie and things seem tense but get so much worse when Annalise points out a man is starring at her.
Randall waxes poetic about finding Claire there and how the universe is bringing them together. Annalise runs off to find Jamie though Claire just wants to get away but can't when King Louis appears. The King chats with Claire and mocks Randall eventually getting his on his knees to beg for the release of his brother from the bastille. This is highly amusing to both Jamie and Claire. Claire asks the King for leave because she's not feeling well and the King grants her and Jamie leave with concern.
After the King leaves, Jamie goes back to Randall and arranges a duel where he plans to kill Randall. While Jamie and Murtagh work out the details of the duel, Claire goes to the bastille and swears out a charge that Randall was the one that attacked Mary and her in the street effectively preventing the duel.
Jamie is furious and Murtagh's not happy either but Claire tells Murtagh this is between Jamie and she and kicks him out. Claire tells Jamie that Mary and Jack are Frank's ancestors and if he kills Randall, Frank will not exist. Jamie nearly considers this but Jamie can't get past Randall making him "play his whore".
Claire tells Jamie he owes her a life and she is calling in the debt which upsets Jamie greatly. Jamie does agree to wait a year to kill Randall but as Claire goes to thank Jamie he tells her not to touch him. Her request and broken something between them.
How many kilts would you give Untimely Resurrection?
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Claire goes to Raymond to see who he sold the bitter cascara to but comes up empty handed. Claire is worried about Frank's future and Raymond eases her mind by predicting she will see him again much to Claire's surprise. Raymond then gifts her a necklace with a stone which will turn colors in the presence of poison.
[Read More...]Louise de Rohan confesses to Claire she is pregnant with her lovers child and needs to get rid of the child. Claire tells Louise of the risk and then convinces her that lying to her husband and keeping the baby is better for the both of them.
Later, Claire is awakened by an amorous Jamie though things take a turn when she finds bite marks on this thighs. An argument ensure in which Jamie doesn't explain himself well and Claire vents her feeling of being alone in her pregnancy because of Jamie's trauma. Jamie finally explains to Claire that the fortress where his inner self lives was blown apart and he's been lying naked in trying to hide under a blade of grass. Jamie decides to sleep elsewhere but Claire seeks him out and tells Jamie to find her. They make love and Jamie then tells her she's help him build a lean-to with a roof to keep out the rain.
Just then they hear a noise on the roof and Jamie investigates finding Charles at the window. Charles tells them he had a spat with his lover who's pet bit him though it never bits his lover. Claire recognizes this as Louise and when Charles leaves Jamie and Claire discuss getting Louise at the dinner party as well to provoke Charles.
Claire heads out to the Hospital after an explosion at the royal armory and says she'll be back before dark. Fergus and Murtagh wait outside the hospital for her and Mary while Claire helps the royal executioner set bones. Mr. Forez also gives them an ointment which is rendered fat of a hanged man much to Mary's horror. Mother Hildegarde tells Claire most of their medical staff is better than nothing and Claire is a great deal better than nothing.
Claire and Mary leave the hospital and Murtagh tells them the carriage has a broken wheel. Claire insists they walk and one the way Mary confesses to her love for Alex Randall. Men jump out at them and knock out Murtagh, rape Mary and are about to rape Claire when they see her face and cry out that she is La Dame Blanche.
Claire returns home with Mary who is hides upstairs under Alex Randall's watch. She readies herself and then greets their guest which are Sandringham, Charles, St. Germain, Louise, and Mary's father and betrothed. Louise tells Claire she's convinced Jules who is overjoyed about the baby. As they eat; the Duke tells jokes, Charles starts to talk about his divine mission, Louise changes the subject to opera and then the subject turns to wives and children. Jamie congratulates Louise and Jules much to Charles's surprise.
Meanwhile, Mary awakens and strikes out at Alex who's declared his love while she was out cold. She rushes downstairs while in the dinning room St. Germain is telling his wife Claire's necklace is supposed to change color in the presence of poison. He wonders if they all need one in her home but a commotion from the other room draws everyone and they find Alex trying to subdue Mary. A fight ensues which Jamie and Murtagh join in on and St. Germain ushers Charles out of the house. Fergus takes advantage of the abandoned table while Claire watches Jamie try to put an end to the fighting.
How many kilts would you give La Dame Blanche?
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Jamie is spending most of his time with Charles Stuart while Claire takes tea with the ladies. It is at Louise's that she discovers Mary Hawkins is from Seaford in Sussex. Claire remembers Frank showing her the family Bible which linked Mary with Jonathan Randall in marriage. Claire now remembers for Frank to be born, Jack Randall must live another year.
Claire takes her frustrations out on Murtagh but then apologizes and let's him in on her secret. Murtagh thinks it is best that they keep if from Jamie who is sure to risk life and limb to seek revenge.
[Read More...]Master Raymond tells a bored Claire of L’Hôpital des Anges the local charity hospital; thinking she can use her healing skills for good. Claire is overjoyed and drags Murtagh there spending all day lancing boils and trying to show Mother Hildegarde she is skilled enough to be there going so far as to taste a woman's urine to diagnose a case of diabetes. Jamie is unimpressed and angry she wasn't there to help him after he learned Charles has secured funds for the rebellion. When Jamie stomps of in anger it is Claire's ladies maid who tells Murtagh Jamie and Claire haven't been intimate in a while.
Jamie is drowning his sorrows and annoyance with Paris life and spying at Maison Elise. There he spies the serving boy picking pockets and chases him down only to hire him. Jamie brings him home and Claire wonders what Jamie has hired this boy Fergus for. Jamie tells her Fergus is going to steal letters for them to copy and then Fergus will return the letter. Claire declares this a brilliant idea which appeases Jamie. But later one of the letter's Fergus steals is a sheet of music. Murtagh suggests Mother Hildegarde could tell them more about it and Jamie goes to L’Hôpital des Anges.
At L’Hôpital des Anges, Claire has just watched Bouton sniff out and infection and then surgically removed a piece of wood from a man's leg when Jamie arrives seeking Mother Hildegarde's help. She tells them the music sheet is styled after her friend Bach's work but it is clumsy and repeats using different keys.
Jamie and Claire realize this is how you decode the message and at home Jamie translates the message which appears to be from the Duke of Sandringham saying he has secured £40,000. Jamie says this isn't a significant amount for the rebellion but it is enough to convince King Louis to support the cause.
Jamie feels they've finally accomplished something and makes a toast. Murtagh wants Claire to tell Jamie about Randall because if Jamie talks to Sandringham he'll find out anyway. Claire can't bring herself to do it and simply tells Jamie she loves seeing him so happy.
How many kilts would you give Useful Occupations & Deceptions?
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|Title: While You Were Mine
Author: Ann Howard Creel
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Everything she loved could so easily be lost.
The end of World War II should have brought joy to Gwen Mullen. But on V-J Day, her worst fear is realized. As celebrating crowds gather in Times Square, a soldier appears on her doorstep to claim Mary, the baby abandoned to Gwen one year earlier. Suddenly Gwen is on the verge of losing the child she has nurtured and loves dearly.
With no legal claim to Mary, Gwen begins to teach Lieutenant John McKee how to care for his child, knowing that he will ultimately take Mary away. What starts as a contentious relationship, however, turns into something more, and Gwen must open her heart to learn that love means taking chances.
While You Were Mine paints a vivid portrait of 1940s New York and tells an enchanting tale of the nature of love and trust.
First, I'd encountered Ann Howard Creel before when I read The Magic of Ordinary Days. I loved that book and really hadn't thought about finding anymore of Creel's work. However, this one popped up on my Amazon Prime and I downloaded it.
Typically, I don't read the books I get for free from Amazon or I wait a long time but the idea behind this book intrigued me so I read it right away and I'm so very glad.
The idea is that Gwen's roommate during WWII, abandons her baby with Gwen who can't fathom the idea of giving the sweet child to the orphanage. Gwen instead keeps the baby and raises her on her own mostly (babysitting help from a friend upstairs). However, on V-J Day, Gwen returns home to find a soldier standing on her doorstep looking for Alice (the roommate). Gwen knows immediately it is her sweet Mary's father and explains everything to him. Now Gwen must teach John how to take care of his child, all the while, knowing soon she will lose the little girl she's come to love as her own.
This story was rife with emotion for me. The idea of loving a child so much and then having to give it back to a biological parent is very hard. I've never experienced such a thing but I imagine it to be devastating. Granted here Gwen hadn't adopted Mary. She was just caring for her until something changed but realized quickly she loved Mary and never wanted to give her up.
Gwen spend a great amount of time with John teaching him about his child. The best part is John doesn't want to snatch Mary from the only mother she's ever known and let's Gwen continue to care for Mary until Mary is comfortable with him.
I loved the way Creel portrays the aftermath of the war and it's toll on the soldiers and citizens. Creel goes so far as to point out the things you couldn't get during the war and how that changed after.
Creel includes Gwen's new roommate in the story, giving Dot her own story which is full of hardship. Dot's husband doesn't deal with his "shell shock" well and it leaves a strain on her relationship. I do wish there had been more about Dot but I'm wondering if Dot got a book... I should look for it.
The thing I had the hardest time with was the idea of Alice. A woman so selfish as to abandon her child in such a manner. There is a huge difference in a woman who knows her own limitations and gives a child up for adoption and what Alice did. At first, you almost want to sympathize with Alice to some degree but the more you learn about her the less you like her and the more you despise her.
This like The Magic of Ordinary Days needs to be a Hallmark movie.
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In Through A Glass, Darkly; Claire returns to 1948 and is devastated by losing Jamie. In the hospital, Frank tells Claire how happy he is to see her but when he approaches to embrace her she flashes to Black Jack Randall and flinches. Frank pulls back and then sees her clothing. Claire and Frank stay with Reverend Wakefield who has a healthy collection of books about the Jacobite Rising. Claire scours the books for an account of what happened at Culloden and the fate of Jamie Fraser. Later, in Claire's room, she tells Frank where she's been but is a bit annoyed when he decides to believe her and accept that she loved Jamie. Claire drops one more bombshell. She's pregnant and the baby is Jamie's. Frank doesn't take this well but comes to a realization after discussing the matter with Reverend Wakefield. Frank tells Claire he wants to raise the baby as theirs but he wants her to stop looking for Jamie in history. Claire agrees and the two move to Boston to get away from the British press.
[Read More...]In 1745, Claire and Jamie arrive in Le Havre. Jamie's life feels shattered after being raped, but Claire is determined to hold it together and shift his mind to other things. Claire and Jamie discuss their plans to stop the Rising and while Jamie wants to help the Jacobites win; Claire tells him she doesn't know enough for them to attempt to further the cause. Jamie seems reluctant but wonders when he's not been up for a challenge.
Jamie and Claire meet with his cousin Jared Fraser about being introduced to Jacobite leaders and when Jared questions why Jamie suddenly wants to be part of the cause; Jamie shows Jared his back. Jared offers Jamie a job and his home.
While Jamie and Jared are occupied, Claire goes for a stroll on the docks and discovers and outbreak of smallpox aboard a ship. After confirming the diagnosis with the Port Official the Comte St. Germain confronts her about her involvement which has led to the destruction of his ship and cargo. Jared warns both Jamie and Claire they've made an enemy.
In Not In Scotland Anymore, Jamie and Claire have taken up residence in Jared's Paris home. Claire goes off to the apothecary shop and meets Master Raymond who knows a bit about her. Claire is seeking something to help Jamie sleep and Raymond obliges her. Meanwhile, Jamie and Murtagh are sparing in the park which brings to attention of the crowd, as Jamie explains because dueling is illegal.
When Jamie returns home Claire gives him a letter from Jared which arranged and introduction with Charles Stuart at a brothel. Jamie and Murtagh go and tell the Prince that the Clans are not ready for his arrival in Scotland because they seem to fight amongst themselves.
Back at the house; Claire, Jamie and Murtagh discuss trying to prevent Charles from gaining funds and she's hoping Louis de la Tour will help her gain admittance to court. Claire goes for a visit and finds Louis getting a wax. Claire is introduced to Mary Hawkins who is horrified by Louis's French boldness. Claire recognizes the name but is unsure why.
Claire returns shaved as well much to the interest of Jamie. As they begin to make love, Jamie starts having flashbacks of his rape and Claire tells him they will just sleep.
Claire and Jamie are headed to court when Claire comes down in her red dress much to Jamie's horror. He can see down to her naval. They head to court where then meet Annalise and old crush of Jamie's. Annalise takes Jamie to the King's dressing room while Claire socializes with the woman of court.
Claire goes out for a breath of air and Louis tells the Monsieur Duverney that Claire wishes to speak with him. He gets the wrong idea and makes advances towards her. Shes tries to fight him off. Jamie pulls him off and tosses him over the side of the bridge into the water below. Monsieur Duverney begs their forgiveness and tells them his wife will kill him if she were to find out. Claire tells him there is no need for that to happen and he asks if he can be of service. Jamie wants his friendship and Duverney wonders if Jamie is good at chess.
The King appears and jokes about Duverney's dip in the water.
They spot the Duke of Sandringham and Murtagh nearly draws his weapon in the presence of the King (instant death sentence). The Duke tells Jamie that he was going to send in the Petition of Complaint but that Randall took if from him and he had no choice. Jamie tries to be forgiving. Claire sends Jamie off to get acquainted with their new friend the Minister of Finance. Sandringham makes a few jabs at Claire and Claire points out he's a traitor as a Jacobite.
Alex Randall appears and is introduced to Claire who is surprised by his presence. Sandringham says that Jonathan and Claire are well acquainted and Alex says he'll have to mention her in his letter to his brother. Claire is stunned that Jack Randall isn't dead and worries about Jamie finding out. She wonders if she should be the one to tell him. Claire knows that Jamie will eventually learn the truth.
Now the question is what did you think of the episodes?
How many kilts would you give Through A Glass, Darkly?
How many kilts would you give Not In Scotland Anymore?
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Subscribers can watch the episode on the Starz streaming app or Starz.com, as well as on other on-demand and online platforms. For everyone else, the 13-episode second season of the sci-fi historical drama based on Diana Gabaldon’s series premieres on April 9 at 9 p.m. ET on Starz.
What You'll Need
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3-4 tablespoons lime juice (2 limes)
1 large onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup (packed) cilantro leaves, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
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